by Christina Farris
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. The appreciation of a simple thank you or just a stop to say I know what you doing means a lot to me is a great reward for any teacher, minister, or even leader of any kind. It those simple thank you and a job well done that change the out look of those working to help in even at time of need. It the action of gratitude that means alot. It is the action of thankfulness that means much more. Yet it is the surprise when no one says thank you except one. It is that day you did not have to take the time you did not have to go the extra mile that you did only to have that one person that needed it most turn to say thank you for all you did.
Over the years I can think of times in my own life the little things someone did for me and remember it is enough to appreciate it. I can also remember those times that people thought what they were doing was helping and only thing they did was criticize without understanding one was doing the best they could and the help given was so overbearing that that type of help was not necessary it would be better to have no help at all especially to the mental aspect of the situation. When you help give it freely or not at all is my rule of thumb. Give it with the attitude of love and not expecting anything in return, so when something is returned it is by appreciation and gratitude only.
One of the first things i learn in life as a new housewife to bake a cake one needed not a mixer of convince just a good spoon to stir. It sounds like something trivial, but until you price a mixer that price of a good spoon which is cheaper and just as lasting or perhaps lasting longer then the mixer. The spoon is far the better, it is the ancestoral tool of the caveman day and still works today. Should we be grateful to the caveman or the guy that built and made the first mixer of convince to enable stirring to be faster, easier and less time consuming. Until you realize the spoon gave muscle strength to the hands in the kitchen, sounds trivial. Gratitude sometimes is about trivial issue or about the thing that means the most to someone. A person with weak hands in the kitchen will appreciate the mixer more then the spoon. Yet unless one knows the difference there is no appreciation or gratitude of convince. The knowledge that to strengthen the worn out hands needs that spoon to stir with.
It is the little things we can not do for ourselves and no one can change for us but God that makes one look heavenward. Jesus was entering a village and ten lepers lifted their voices and ask Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus healed all ten, but only one turned back to say thank you. Who were these lepers but the filth of the earth to those of the village, people of disease that could not be cured and was contagious to a degree. It was sores that caused infection from the illness deep within the body. People lost limbs, and other body parts all because of this disease. The pain from the sores alone would drive a person mad. Yet when Jesus healed them only one returned to give thanks. No clue where the other nine went. Yet this one turned and worshipped Jesus.
The day of miraculous healing is wonderful feeling, it is the time when others look and ask why is only one showing gratitude. Perhaps the shock of healing had not warn off yet for the other nine. However the man that returned understood that immediate result of healing. Understood the work of God. Understood Jesus just did a miracle in his life. Jesus told him arise and go thy way your faith has healed you. Your God has healed you. What is faith but a belief in God that can do more then we even think or ask. This man had faith and when Jesus healed him, he knew to worship him.
We become no earthly good if all we do is worship God for our healing, our actions of healing should be going about doing, not staying at the feet of Jesus. The very things I learned about cake batter and mixing was the same lesson I learned about any body part not used, even with healing. It has to be exercised and made strong despite the fact the limitation is removed. Healing is not always complete in every since. Someone claiming healing and praising God for it, needs to know they may still have limitation to over come, but these limitations are to be met with the same attitude of overcoming, because it is our responsibility to embrace only healing but our ability in the process of healing to go our own way in celebration in life and work. My chronic pain being removed was much like that. I realized my need to regain the strength of youth and I work hard to overcome that weakness, but it is still a process, but the process to overcome is with the first healing of removal of pain. God expects us to do our part in the process. Faith for the leper was his part in the healing. For me my faith was not the only thing I needed but the will power to take what God had done for me and physically began to move, to exercises those joints in my body more then I had been using them. You can not sit and expect to move except without the pain. You want to rise and walk without stumbling across the floor you got to exercise your legs. No more pain nothing truly stops you from moving them. That leper told to go on now, what you think he did was show his family, his friends, his village of what God had done for him and then he went back to work doing what he knew to do hopefully. He had to eat, and he had to have a roof over his head, he could not do without continuing life.
Those with weak hands you want strong hands use them to mix a cake, can't mix all the way that okay use the mixer til it breaks, when it breaks just don't replace it. Your hands will grow strong. You have to take some things on faith, that God remove the obstacle in your way and other things he expects you to do as well, one to praise him, because of the work he did in your life and two to go on and show the world the work he did in your life. Muscle strength is work, but some were healed of scripture of weak muscles too. Others were given power to go about living once again. The need was meet by Jesus. He can meet that need in your life, but when I don't know. We can pray for healing in the world daily knowing God will heal, but sometimes he waits. My healing fourteen years, Blind man fifty years in John 9. Why to glorify God, why did this one man return to glorify and thank God for the healing.
Where is your gratitude this morning for what God has done in your life. Put your gratitude on and go about the things God has called you to do and live your life daily for him.
Dear Heavenly Father may you be glorified for your blessing in our life from healing, to removal of obstacles and so forth. I praying for all those out there in the world that need healing that only by faith will you make whole right now that you will do more then we even ask. That they will glorify you. In Jesus precious name, we ask, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown Day 19: Thanking God with a gratiful heart for all he will do in our life and enable us to do in our life.
Continual Scripture Study:Isaiah 40:29-31 KJV
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.